A criminal appeal can be filed in Los Angeles appellate court when a defendant wants to "appeal" or challenge a decision made by a judge or jury in a trial court. It is basically a convicted offender's second chance to obtain justice. A California criminal appeal is usually filed when a defendant or his or her defense lawyer believes that there has been an error during the trial or some important evidence has been missed or overlooked during the trial.
Errors during trials are quite common. Here are some of the issues that can arise in a Los Angeles appeal:
All these errors may have been made unintentionally by attorneys, judges or the jury. The appellate court has the authority to overturn or overrule the trial court's decision and reverse it based on the legal argument made by the defense attorney.
Filing a Los Angeles County criminal appeal is a complex process and requires a skilful attorney. Under California law, a criminal appeal must be filed within 60 days of the conviction. The notice of appeal is filed in the court where a conviction occurred. After that is done, all the information from the trial court is gathered and filed with the Los Angeles County Court of Appeals. If it involves a federal crime, it is filed in the federal appellate court. The appellate process is complex and involves extensive research. It could take a year or more for the appeal to get resolved. If the appellate court reverses your conviction, then you will be entitled to a new trial. If the court upholds your conviction, then there are other options that may be available that you can discuss with your Los Angeles County appellate attorneys at Wallin & Klarich.
If you have been convicted of a crime in Los Angeles, it is critical that you retain the services of a law firm that has years of experience, knowledge, expertise and a successful track record of filing and winning Los Angeles County criminal appeals. The Los Angeles appellate attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been handling criminal appeals for the last 30 years. We have the experience and understanding of the law to maximize your chances that your appeal will be a success. We make sure that you truly have that precious second chance.
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